Friday, February 19, 2010
Grandma Minnie's Famous Chocolate Fudge
As a girl, there are many childhood memories of my Grandmother's wonderful cooking. Every time I would visit, the savory and sweet smells would permeate the air. Now, I am not a baker. And I typically do not like sweets, especially chocolate. However, this fudge my grandmother made had me smacking my lips in anticipation, waiting for her to be done beating the fudge to a a dull finish and anxiously waiting for it to harden after she poured it on a plate. No, she did not use your typical 8x8 pan. She always used a regular dinner plate. Between my cousins and I, we would devour the plate in 5 minutes flat. We were firm believers in "who ever eats the fastest gets the mostest". HA HA. SO, I have tried multiple times to make this recipe. I was finally able to perfect it yesterday. Yes, I had the recipe each time. The fault in previous attempts was in the how long I allowed the fudge to cook and beating it long enough to remove the gloss. Both a very tedious process. For cooking, the recipe calls for boiling until the candy reaches 235 degrees. My success arrived when I ditched my candy thermometer and used the "soft-ball" test. At 235° F, the syrup is at the “soft-ball” stage. That means that when you drop a bit of it into cold water to cool it down, it will form a soft ball. This takes about 18 minutes. Then having the patients and energy to beat the fudge to a dull finish. I hope these tips will help you if you decide to try this fudge recipe!
3 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of cocoa
1/8 of salt
1 can of evaporated milk
1/4 cup of butter
1 tsp. vanilla
In sauce pan add sugar,cocoa,& salt. Mix together. Stir in milk, cook over medium heat until the syrup reaches a full boil. (Stirring continuously during this process) Cook until your candy thermometer reaches 235, or the soft ball stage as stated above.
Add 1/4 cup of butter and 1 tsp.vanilla. Beat with wooden
spoon till it loses its gloss than pour into butter pan or dish.
You can also add 1/4 cup of peanut butter when you add the butter and vanilla.